What I learned from a RELAPSE (pictures Included)
Friday, December 10, 2010
After losing nearly 60 lbs in 2009 I spent the last year packing back on the pounds (at sometimes an alarming rate). It would be easy to stay on the track I've been traveling but I've decided to turn my life back around. It would be easy to let my disapointment overwhelm my new found efforts but I wont let it. It wont be easy but I'm going to re-do what I've already acomplished but let slip away.
You might ask yourself, how will this time be any different? Well, I've taken an honest inventory of what went wrong and come up with some solutions to some unanticipated problems.
1. I never learned to like salad.
Rather than filling up on the delightful greens I'd save the calories instead for a carb filled alternative. ex. 1/2 cup of pasta, and it would always leave me craving more... something you can't endure in the long run.
SOLUTION: Ask a question in the spark cafe forum. I asked fellow sparkers what they put on their salad and got great new ideas. Now I literally crave salad. Iceburg lettuce, Craisins and Almond slices = 210 calories of goodness. (I don't need dressing it's so tasty)
2. No Variety in my Workout.
I would walk for 1&1/2 hours everyday either on my treadmill or outside. When my knees started to ache I had no alternative.
SOLUTION: started swimming at the local pool. I feel so refreshed and exuberated after only a twenty minute swim. (if you can call the doggy paddle swimming)LOL
3. I need more than the usual support. My binging has become obsessive. Secret eating and 7000 calorie days were just a few of my dark ways.
SOLUTION: I joined over-eaters annonamous. Something about being face to face and publically admitting issues really keeps you focused. Finding people with similar extreme patterns of eating who share their triumphs and defeats really helps you feel connected. Just another tool to help me on my road to permanent weight loss.
These new insights and spark tools will help me travel the road again... but this time in a way I can sustain.